Denis Shapovalov not taking Hubert Hurkacz for granted ahead of Miami clash



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Denis Shapovalov not taking Hubert Hurkacz for granted ahead of Miami clash

Top-ranked Canadian tennis player Denis Shapovalov acknowledged that playing at a Masters event after a first round bye is never easy. On Saturday, No. 6 seed Shapovalov recovered from a set down to beat Ilya Ivashka 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 and teach the third round at the Miami Masters.

Ivashka converted his first set point in the first set tie-break to win a tight opener. The second set started with three consecutive breaks as Shapovalov led 2-1 after the opening three games and there were no more breaks in the rest of the set.

Shapovalov then claimed the lone break of the third set in the seventh game, before serving out for the match in the 10th game. "[It was] definitely [a] super tough one against Ivashka. I think he played really well.

[It is] never easy coming into a Masters [1000] where you have a bye, because the other player has already played a match, and obviously he was in top form," Shapovalov said, per the ATP website. "Overall just super happy to get through it."

Shapovalov plays next against Hubert Hurkacz

"[It is] definitely a super tricky next match. Me and Hubert have played many times now and just recently in Dubai. I felt like I played really, really exceptional tennis [there]," Shapovalov said.

"Hopefully I can use that confidence and use those moments from last week and try to transition it into this week." Meanwhile, Shapovalov's fellow compatriot Milos Raonic also scored a win as he beat Jordan Thompson 6-2 6-1.

"It was a very good match for me,” said Raonic. “To start the tournament like this is very positive. I was much better with my serve than I was at the last tournament. I feel better physically as well, so all those things are trending in a positive way for me. Overall, I have to be happy with that”.